Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House District 14, Democratic Primary; Jean-Bart Is the Clear Pick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House District 14, Democratic Primary; Jean-Bart Is the Clear Pick

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Leslie Jean-Bart is among the most impressive candidates on the Aug. 30 ballot.

A lawyer, Jean-Bart created a legal committee that drew attention to the shocking lack of minorities being nominated for judgeships in Northeast Florida - an oversight that had remained unaddressed for 20 years.

To rectify that, Jean-Bart's committee developed an ongoing dialogue with the state's Judicial Nominating Commission.

The result?

Gov. Rick Scott later appointed Angela Cox as the first black female judge to serve on the 4th Judicial Circuit bench - and more African-Americans have been nominated for judgeships.

If that's not showing an ability to attack a massive problem in a constructive way that produces actual results, then what is?

Jean-Bart has plenty of experience as a volunteer public servant, including stints on the Florida Elections Commission and Jacksonville Ethics Board.

And Jean-Bart has a practical, pragmatic approach to addressing many issues.

Add up all of these assets, and it's obvious that Jean-Bart is the best choice for voters in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary for House District 14.

STEADY AND EFFECTIVE

The granddaughter of the late Mary Singleton, a Jacksonville icon who in 1967 became the first black woman ever elected to City Council, Jean-Bart has the potential to be a steady and effective legislator for District 14.

Jean-Bart said that it's not enough to merely give businesses tax incentives to locate in Northwest Jacksonville. The firms must justify receiving the perks, Jean-Bart said, by meeting measurable goals and creating actual jobs.

Jean-Bart would push the state to support programs like the Jacksonville Port Academy, which trains unemployed and underemployed people - including rehabilitated ex-offenders - to take on in-demand construction and port jobs. …

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